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What do Blog Readers want to Learn?

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This post serves two purposes:

1) We want to assure everyone that the European Wine Blogger’s Conference is moving ahead at full steam. We have a wonderful group of diverse and interesting people coming together, along with some fantastic sponsors for whom we trust will make this event both practical and entertaining. However, for those of you still on the fence, please let us know ASAP if you can come! Additionally, for those of you already committed, we are interested in not only hearing what you think of our discussion topics, but also if you’tr interested in a trip to Portugal! After the conference in La Rioja, Spain, we’re working up an after-conference trip to Oporto to learn about port wine, visit some historical port houses, eat a vast amount of fabulous Portuguese food, and maybe, receive a personal tour of a cork factory. Needless to say, it will be a great time, and hopefully, absolutely free! We just need to know who can get away for a few extra days after the conference. So please, send us an email asap or leave a note in our forum. The sooner you inform us, the sooner we can plan our adventures to Portugal.

2)The second purpose of this post, and something that I hope we receive some feedback on, is to hear more from those of you not currently blogging. I know that we have a lot of readers who are on the fringe, thinking of starting their own blog or just interested in Iberian wine. Your perspective as a non-blogger is incredibly valuable, and one we need to take advantage of more often.

Hence, if you can take one moment to answer two very important questions, we’d be very appreciative:

  • What would you like to ask of, or tell to, a group of wine bloggers? Are there any discussions that you feel we should have in hopes of bettering our content? What are we doing right and what are we failing miserably at? We want to know directly from you, and I’m sure the conference attendees will love to discuss these topics at the conference. Remember, the only way we can improve is through your feedback!
  • How have wine blogs changed the way you choose wines, drink wines and think about wine? Assuming that wine blogs have aided you in your wine explorations, we’d like why and how they have helped you?

That’s all for now. We truly appreciate your time in helping us better our industry, and please know that our invitation to respond to these questions is extended to bloggers as well. We plan on discussing some of the responses both here and at the EWBC forums. So please stay tuned.

We hope everyone had a great weekend, and of course, enjoyed some nice bottles of wine!

Cheers,
Ryan Opaz

  • Marco Montez

    Hi Ryan, I thought I could share my opinions… hopefully some of it will be of value. 1. Most wine blogs out there seem to be written for an audience that is highly interested and very knowledgeable about wine and in many cases are wine bloggers themselves. In other words, it is like a community of people writing for each other about a topic that they are all passionate about. That’s great if that is what these bloggers intended to do from the start. I like these blogs and I read them regularly. However, I believe that there is a need for bloggers who write to the new wine drinkers who don’t want to be consumed by the political issues behind wine distribution, global-warming, or pruning techniques. They just want to learn how they can improve their enjoyment of wine in a simple way. A blend between the two audiences may be possible but I’ve found few blogs that do this well today. 2. I currently subscribe to 52 wine blog feeds (more than what I can keep up with). I would say that about half of these are blogs which contain weekly wine reviews. At least once a week I read one wine review that makes me want to purchase the wine. How many times have I succeeded in purchasing this wine in let’s say just the past three months? ZERO. To the point that I have pretty much given up on looking… which is now turning into giving up on reading the blogger’s review all together. What is the point of reading a wine review of a wine that I know I have little chance of being able to purchase? We all know that we have to keep on fighting to modify the three-tier-system in the US. State laws are changing rapidly but it may be several years before barriers are broken down to the point where everyone in America has access to every bottle of wine produced or imported into this country. In the meantime it would be great to find a solution. I do not have an answer for this, nor do I think that it is the responsibility of wine bloggers to “fix” the problem. But while Tom Wark and Co. continue to battle the “system”, it would be great if bloggers found a way to REALLY get wine into people’s hands.

  • Marco Montez

    Hi Ryan,

    I thought I could share my opinions… hopefully some of it will be of value.

    1. Most wine blogs out there seem to be written for an audience that is highly interested and very knowledgeable about wine and in many cases are wine bloggers themselves. In other words, it is like a community of people writing for each other about a topic that they are all passionate about. That’s great if that is what these bloggers intended to do from the start. I like these blogs and I read them regularly. However, I believe that there is a need for bloggers who write to the new wine drinkers who don’t want to be consumed by the political issues behind wine distribution, global-warming, or pruning techniques. They just want to learn how they can improve their enjoyment of wine in a simple way. A blend between the two audiences may be possible but I’ve found few blogs that do this well today.

    2. I currently subscribe to 52 wine blog feeds (more than what I can keep up with). I would say that about half of these are blogs which contain weekly wine reviews. At least once a week I read one wine review that makes me want to purchase the wine. How many times have I succeeded in purchasing this wine in let’s say just the past three months? ZERO. To the point that I have pretty much given up on looking… which is now turning into giving up on reading the blogger’s review all together. What is the point of reading a wine review of a wine that I know I have little chance of being able to purchase? We all know that we have to keep on fighting to modify the three-tier-system in the US. State laws are changing rapidly but it may be several years before barriers are broken down to the point where everyone in America has access to every bottle of wine produced or imported into this country. In the meantime it would be great to find a solution. I do not have an answer for this, nor do I think that it is the responsibility of wine bloggers to “fix” the problem. But while Tom Wark and Co. continue to battle the “system”, it would be great if bloggers found a way to REALLY get wine into people’s hands.

  • Robert

    I think these are very valid points. I have been thinking much the same as Marco in his second point. I almost always skip over the tasting element of tasting notes, looking for the general information on the winery and its business instead. The tasting is irrelevant if I cannot find the wine in this market. I REALLY like the idea of <a href="Domaine547” target=”_blank”>http://domaine547.com/“>Domaine547where she puts together packs for bloggers and based on bloggers reviews. I think that has real potential for the future. If there could be some way to get hold of the wines reviewed around the world and order a selection based on that, I'd buy it in a snap. Of course shipping laws and costs currently make this almost impossible, but yet … However, I am a blogger and not the target of the question. I am sure others out there have their own thoughts.

  • Robert

    I think these are very valid points. I have been thinking much the same as Marco in his second point. I almost always skip over the tasting element of tasting notes, looking for the general information on the winery and its business instead. The tasting is irrelevant if I cannot find the wine in this market. I REALLY like the idea of <a href="Domaine547” target=”_blank”>http://domaine547.com/“>Domaine547where she puts together packs for bloggers and based on bloggers reviews. I think that has real potential for the future. If there could be some way to get hold of the wines reviewed around the world and order a selection based on that, I'd buy it in a snap. Of course shipping laws and costs currently make this almost impossible, but yet … However, I am a blogger and not the target of the question. I am sure others out there have their own thoughts.

  • Robert

    I think these are very valid points. I have been thinking much the same as Marco in his second point. I almost always skip over the tasting element of tasting notes, looking for the general information on the winery and its business instead. The tasting is irrelevant if I cannot find the wine in this market. I REALLY like the idea of <a href="Domaine547” target=”_blank”>http://domaine547.com/“>Domaine547where she puts together packs for bloggers and based on bloggers reviews. I think that has real potential for the future. If there could be some way to get hold of the wines reviewed around the world and order a selection based on that, I'd buy it in a snap. Of course shipping laws and costs currently make this almost impossible, but yet … However, I am a blogger and not the target of the question. I am sure others out there have their own thoughts.

  • Robert

    I think these are very valid points. I have been thinking much the same as Marco in his second point. I almost always skip over the tasting element of tasting notes, looking for the general information on the winery and its business instead. The tasting is irrelevant if I cannot find the wine in this market. I REALLY like the idea of <a href="Domaine547” target=”_blank”>http://domaine547.com/“>Domaine547where she puts together packs for bloggers and based on bloggers reviews. I think that has real potential for the future. If there could be some way to get hold of the wines reviewed around the world and order a selection based on that, I'd buy it in a snap. Of course shipping laws and costs currently make this almost impossible, but yet … However, I am a blogger and not the target of the question. I am sure others out there have their own thoughts.

  • http://www.wineconversation.com Robert

    I think these are very valid points. I have been thinking much the same as Marco in his second point. I almost always skip over the tasting element of tasting notes, looking for the general information on the winery and its business instead. The tasting is irrelevant if I cannot find the wine in this market.

    I REALLY like the idea of Domaine547 where she puts together packs for bloggers and based on bloggers reviews. I think that has real potential for the future. If there could be some way to get hold of the wines reviewed around the world and order a selection based on that, I’d buy it in a snap.

    Of course shipping laws and costs currently make this almost impossible, but yet …

    However, I am a blogger and not the target of the question. I am sure others out there have their own thoughts.